Barn-Found 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Needs a Nose Job, It's the Cheapest You Can Buy

Launched in 1965, the Aston Martin DB6 wasn't a brand-new car as much as it was an updated version of its predecessor, the DB5. Sure, the DB6 had a longer wheelbase and a more streamlined rear end, but most of the styling cues and underpinnings came from the DB5.
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The grand tourer relied on the same 4.0-liter straight-six as its predecessor. The mill designed by Tadek Marek continued to feature a triple carburetor setup and produced 282 horsepower in standard form. The Vantage engine option increased oomph to 325 horses. Both figures were similar to the DB5.

All told the DB6 was already a dated design when it made its public debut at the 1965 London Motor Show. As a result, it wasn't quite as popular as the previous grand tourer. While the DB5 moved 1,059 units over two years, the DB6 sold 1,788 examples through 1970. But needless to say, the DB6 faired much better than the DBS, built in 787 units from 1967 to 1972.

Come 2023, the DB6 is nowhere near as iconic and desirable as the DB5. And that's mainly because the latter was prominently featured in the James Bond movie franchise. The DB5 made its silver screen debut in "Goldfinger" in 1964 and returned in "Thunderball" the following year. It was featured again in seven installments of the series between 1995 and 2021.

But even though it's not as sought-after and valuable as the DB5, the DB6 is far from affordable. The grand tourer rarely crosses the auction block for less than $200,000, and I know of at least five examples that changed hands for over a half-million dollars as of 2023. The current DB6 auction record is an impressive $808,000.

For reference, DB5s sell for more than $500,000 regularly, and some examples went for over $2 or $3 million. A car used in a James Bond movie set the record at $6.38 million in 2019.

While not quite as expensive, the DB6 remains out of reach for most car enthusiasts. Well, if you're in the market for one and you don't have $200,000 to $500,000 to spare, this 1969 example is cheaper than the average DB6. However, you'll have to deal with a crumpled front fascia and issues associated with long-term storage.

According to the ad, this DB6 is an original, unrestored example that came out of "30-year California ownership where it has spent most of its time in storage." The car sports a red interior and still has its numbers-matching engine and automatic transmission.

The DB6 looks like a proper barn find with weathered paint and chrome, notable wear and tear inside the cabin, and a dirty inline-six engine that likely doesn't run. The damage to the front fascia is quite extensive, with the fenders, hood, nose, and bumper needing repairs. The grille and the left-side headlamps will need to be replaced.

How much for this damaged barn find? Gullwing Motor Cars in Queens, New York, wants to flip it for $129,500. Granted, that's enough dough to buy a brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera and still have $15K to spend on options, but this DB6 is indeed the cheapest you can get right now.
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About the author: Ciprian Florea
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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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